We’d like to introduce you all to our newest crew member, Athena Judith Brooks. She was born in Bermuda on the 4th March 2021 at 22:12 weighing a healthy 7lb 8oz.
Yes, I know I’m very late in letting you know the happy news, but these past six weeks have been a whirlwind that has taken quite some getting used to! I thought our experience of offshore sailing with a watch system of 3-hours on followed by 3-hours off would have put us in great stead for the sleepless nights of parenthood. I was wrong. Very wrong! We now walk around like zombies, covered in the various bodily excretions of an infant. Projectile vomits I expected, but projectile poos I did not.
Between the wailing, the nappy changes and late night feeds we are slowly catching up on sleep, learning how to soothe her sobs and getting our first smiles. We are adjusting to the monumental task of sharing our lives with a whole new person, which is far harder than any ocean voyage! On top of these hardships comes a whole pile of love for this little creature – a love like nothing I’ve felt before. It’s still hard to believe that Alex and I created a whole new human. Even after 6 weeks it’s very difficult to stop looking at her and admiring that little face and those little fingers and toes. Even writing this small blog is taking a long time, such is my compulsion to stop and look at her after each sentence.
Here are some photos of our new little pirate. Even Alex admits that she’s “cuter than other people’s babies”.